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Pre-Gathering Events

Before the main gathering begins, events will be offered for Deacons, Young Rostered Ministers and Women ministers of word and sacrament. These gatherings begin on Sunday, July 19 and conclude before the main gathering begins on Monday, July 20. The pre-gathering events will take place at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

These pre-gathering events are not stand-alone opportunities, they are an extension of the main gathering. The registration fee for these events is $50. You can select one of these during the registration process for the main event.

Space is limited so do not delay.

 


Deacons 

Under the theme, "Empowering Deacons for the Future," the ELCA Deacon pre-gathering is an opportunity for rostered deacons to come together to engage, discern, and dream of ways to live and serve together as a new roster with and in this church.  We will look at where we came from, where we are today, and where God is leading us in the near and distant future. Come to this gathering to see what God is up to in and among deacons from all over the country!

You will register for this pre-gathering event at the same time you register for the main gathering. This is not a stand-alone event. The registration fee is $50.

 

Empowering Deacons For the Future
“for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NRSV)

Sunday, July 19

4 p.m.

Registration opens

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Welcome, Introductions and Overview
Opening Worship: Led by Mary Stonebeck and Kathleen Cartedge
Session 1: Looking back--History (where we’ve been)

8 – 10 p.m.

Reception with Deacons and Women’s gatherings

 

 

Monday, July 20

9 – 9:30 a.m.

Session 2: Right Here, Right Now – (Present)

12 p.m.

Lunch

1 – 4 p.m.

Session 3: Framing the Future
Closing remarks & Sending Litany


Women

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Lutheran churches deciding to ordain women in the United States.  We are also recognizing 40 years since the first women of color were ordained and 10 years since the ELCA decided to ordain people in same-gender relationships. We invite women who are ministers of word and sacrament to join together to celebrate these anniversaries, to lament the hardships that women in particular have had to face as in their ministries, and to work together to build a better future.

This event will feature special keynote speakers, fishbowl discussions, and opportunities to meet women from similar contexts and interests. We hope this event will feed your soul and empower you with tools to take back home.

We respectfully invite deacons and male-identifying pastors to attend the full Rostered Ministers Gathering. Women who are pastors are invited to register for this Pre-Gathering.

You will register for this pre-gathering event at the same time you register for the main gathering. This is not a stand-alone event. The registration fee is $50.

 

Celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination to Word and Sacrament

Sunday, July 19

4 p.m.

Registration opens

6:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Plenary 1
Opening Worship

8 – 10 p.m.

Reception with Deacons and Youth Rostered Ministers gatherings

 

 

Monday, July 20

8 a.m. – 12 noon

Devotions
Plenary 2
Breakout groups by geography
Breakout groups by interest

12 p.m.

Lunch

1 – 4:30 p.m.

Plenary 3
Breakout groups by interest
Plenary 4
Closing Worship


Young Rostered Ministers

God has called you to this ministry and it’s time to have an honest experience that engages the inspiration, challenges, and hope that brings. Gather with fellow young rostered ministers to be energized, encouraged, and empowered for the work you do every day among the people of God.

This pre-gathering is intended for rostered ministers in their 20's and 30's. You will be invited to:

  • hear the stories of peers and mentors as we explore what brought us, shaped us, and sustains us in this calling
  • reflect on and articulate your personal story in new ways
  • share how our distinctive sacred stories are shaping the church and the world.
  • You will register for this pre-gathering event at the same time you register for the main gathering. This is not a stand-alone event. The registration fee is $50.

 

Young Rostered Ministers: Sharing our Stories

Sunday, July 19

4 p.m.

Registration opens

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Session 1
Introduction to tables
Evening Prayer

8 – 10 p.m.

Reception with Deacons and Women gatherings

 

 

Monday, July 20

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast for Young Rostered participants
sponsored by Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA

9 a.m. – 12 noon

Session 2
Morning Prayer
Telling my story
Sharing stories

12 p.m.

Lunch

1 – 3:45 p.m.

Session 3
Bishop Eaton’s story
Wrapping up my story
Creative engagement stations
Closing Prayer

Guidebook

GuidebookThe Guidebook app will be available during the event.